Since his prime time address to Congress last week, it seems President Obama is everywhere. He did a 60 Minutes interview last weekend and will appear on five Sunday shows -- ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC and Univision -- this weekend. On Monday he'll be the sole guest on the Late Show with David Letterman. He even made the celebrity/entertainment shows by calling Kanye West a jackass.
First Read: "The issue of over-exposure has come up before, and while the Amtrak Corridor Elite (NY-DC) believes he may be over-exposed, the White House has previously gotten positive results from its strategy. They believe that with folks getting their news and info for hundreds of different places on multiple platforms, you have to use multiple platforms to touch everyone you want to touch at least once. By the way, our reporting from a summer Peter Hart/Annenberg focus group of swing voters suggested that Obama's speeches, interviews, and news conferences were a plus for him, not a minus. So this may be one of those Beltway-created storylines that the facts don't bear out as much. Still, the White House should be a tad concerned that last week's address attracted 31 million views, compared with the 50 million he got for his first presser. Then again, 31 million is a lot of people...but where do those 19 million go? Are they tuning out Washington?"
Taegan D. Goddard is the founder of Political Wire, one of the earliest and most influential political web sites.
Goddard spent more than a decade as managing director and chief operating officer of a prominent investment firm in New York City. Previously, he was a policy adviser to a U.S. Senator and Governor.
Goddard is also co-author of You
Won - Now What? (Scribner, 1998), a political
management book hailed by prominent journalists and politicians from
both parties. In addition, Goddard's essays on politics and public
policy have appeared in dozens of newspapers across the country,
including the Washington Post, USA Today, Boston Globe, San Francisco
Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer and Christian Science
Goddard earned degrees from Vassar College and Harvard University. He lives in New York with his wife and three sons.
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